SAN ANTONIO (Sporting Alert, Gamecast and Box Score) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat will try for back-to-back wins when they take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of their NBA Finals here at AT&T Center Sunday night.
Dwyane Wade came alive in Game 4 to score 32 points in Miami’s 93-109 win which even the series at 2-2 and the defending champions are hoping to steal another road game before heading back home for Game 6 this week.
“I think that’s what everyone would like, 2-2 in the finals for Game 5,” James said ahead of the clash.
“We are excited about the opportunity. We have another opportunity to win on someone else’s floor.”
James broke down what the Miami Heat need to do to win against a “great team.”
“If we play our game, if we force turnovers, we rebound, execute offensively and don’t turn the ball over, we can win against anybody,” he said.
“We’re a confident bunch. But we’re going against a great team that’s going to make adjustments as well. And that’s why it’s a 2-2 series right now.”
The Heat and in particularly Wade, were below par in Game 3 and were heavily criticized for their play.
However, the star guard, who put his injuries aside to deliver for his team when needed the most, says things like that happens.
“It’s a part of the playoffs,” he said. “There’s always high moments. There’s always low moments.
“There’s moments when you have guys who are in a slump, et cetera. Guys who come out of it. Great story lines. It’s all of it.”
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will start again on Sunday, but says his hamstring injured could tear at any point in time during the series.
“My hamstring can tear any time now,” he revealed. “So if it was the regular season, I would be resting like 10 days.
“But now it’s the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”
Leading forward Tim Duncan, who scored 20 points in the defeat in Game 4 for the Spurs, says the Western Conference champions must win Sunday tonight, as it would be a difficult taking going into Miami needing to win two games.
“It is a must-win,” Duncan warned on Saturday. “We don’t want to go back down there down a game with two games remaining at their house.
“Obviously, we lose this game, we’re not giving up or anything, but we want to go back up with a chance to finish there. Huge pressure if we have to go back there and try to win two,” he added.
Manu Ginobilli, who is having perhaps his worst playoff season of his career after shooting 37.7-percent from the field and a struggling 29.8-percent from 3-point range also believes its a vital game for the Spurs.
“This game is huge,” Ginobili said. “We don’t want to go to Miami knowing that we have to win both. Going there to win one of the two is a different situation.
“So Game 5, regardless of where you play, it’s huge for you at 2-2. We’ve seen it too many times. We really want to win this one.”